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Where did the English Meyers family come from? What is the English Meyers family crest and coat of arms? When did the Meyers family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Meyers family history?

The name Meyers comes from one of the family having worked as a person who held the office of mayor. The surname was originally derived from the Old English word maire, which referred to the officer who was in charge of executing summonses and other legal matters. Therefore, the original bearer of the surname Meyers held the office of Mayor. [1]


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Meyers have been found, including: Maire, Myer, Myers, Mair, Maires, Mayers, Meyers, Meire, Meir, Mere and many more.

First found in Cheshire at Mere, a township, in the parish of Rosthern, union of Altrincham, hundred of Bucklow. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was first listed as Mera. [2] Literally, the place name means "(place at) the pool or lake," from the Old English word "mere." [3] Alternatively, the surname could have originated at Mere in Wiltshire, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Mere. This parish was listed in the Domesday Book, but with the current spelling of Mere. [2] In this case, "the name of this place is derived from the Saxon word Mæra, signifying bounds or limits, and indicates its situation on the borders of the counties of Wilts, Somerset, and Dorset. In 1253, permission was given by Henry III. to Richard, Earl of Cornwall, to build and fortify a castle on his manor of Mere, and the manor has ever since been attached to the duchy of Cornwall. " [4]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meyers research. Another 315 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1453, 1477, 1544, 1379, 1467 and 1550 are included under the topic Early Meyers History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Meyers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Meyers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Meyers, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Meyers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Heinrich Meyers, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Napthaly Hart Meyers, who landed in New York, NY in 1764
  • Daniel Meyers, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Elisa Meyers, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1786

Meyers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Meta Meyers, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Charles Meyers, aged 26, landed in Missouri in 1840
  • George, James, John, Robert, Peter, George, Frederick, Elias, Francis, and Daniel Meyers all settled in Philadelphia between 1765 and 1843
  • Christian Meyers, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • William Meyers, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Meyers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Meyers arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848


  • David William "Dave" Meyers (1953-2015), American college basketball forward/center who played for the Milwaukee Bucks from 1975 to 1980
  • Brigadier-General Harry Frederick Meyers (1897-1989), American Commandant Anti-Aircraft Replacement Training Center Fort Bliss (1945-1946)
  • Major-General Bennett Edward Meyers (1897-1979), American Deputy Director of Air Technical Service Command (1944-1948)
  • Sidney Meyers (1906-1969), American Academy Award nominated film director and editor
  • Seth Adam Meyers (b. 1973), American actor, comedian and comedy writer, current head writer for NBC's Saturday Night Live
  • Josh Meyers (b. 1985), American professional ice hockey player
  • Gerald C. Meyers (1977-1982), American former chairman and CEO of American Motors Corporation
  • John Tortes "Chief" Meyers (1880-1971), American Major League Baseball catcher from 1909-1917
  • Ari Meyers (b. 1969), American actress, best known from the television series Kate & Allie (1984)
  • Ann Meyers (b. 1955), former American basketball player and current sportscaster



  • A Tale of Two Families: a Biographical Genealogy of the Meyers and Sparhawk Families by Dorothy Hermanne Braithwait.
  • Genealogy of the Meyers Family by I. Austin Meyers.

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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Meyers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Meyers Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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